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4-Day Gorilla Trekking

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Day 1 : Arrive and transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Visiting: Volcanoes National Park

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our local guide. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to visit Kigali city, including the Genocide Memorial at Gisozi.

Transfer to Kinigi, located in the foothills of Volcanoes National Park (2 hours), dinner and overnight.

Genocide Memorials: In Rwanda, there are memorials to remember the genocide of 1994 all over the country. The most important Genocide Memorials are those of Kigali (Gisozi) and Murambi (Gikongoro) where the history of the genocide is explained. For many, a visit to the genocide memorial is understandably a highly emotional event.

  • Meals: LD
  • Budget Lodging: Hotel La Palme
  • Standard Lodging: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
  • Luxury Lodging: Virunga Lodge
  • Elite Lodging: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Day 2 : Gorilla trekking, Volcanoes National Park

Visiting: Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast depart for the Park headquarters where your guide will help with your park entrance formalities. Here, you will meet your group park ranger for a short briefing about one of the greatest animal experiences on Earth. Drive to the slopes of one of the Virunga volcanoes where you will begin trekking to find your assigned gorilla family. Once you find the gorilla family you will spend a truly unforgettable hours watching their play and interactions.

After your visit with the gorillas, if time allows have lunch at Ruhengeri and an afternoon excursion to the beautiful lakes in the region (Lake Bulera and Ruhondo).

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Hotel La Palme
  • Standard Lodging: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
  • Luxury Lodging: Virunga Lodge
  • Elite Lodging: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Day 3 : Optional activity

Visiting: Volcanoes National Park

Choose your activity:

  • OPTION #1: Hike to the Dian Fossey grave (Bisoke)
  • OPTION #2: Visit the Golden Monkeys (Virunga)
  • OPTION #3: Second day of gorilla tracking (add $750/person)
  • OPTION #4: Hiking on the volcano

Later this afternoon, after your activity, your guide will drive you back to Kigali for your overnight.

Dian Fossey's grave is at the Karisoke Research Centre on the slopes of the Bisoke Volcano where she carried out her studies on the mountain gorillas for 18 years. She was murdered on the 27th of December 1985 at the Karisoke Research Center and buried near Digit, her favorite gorilla. The excursion will provide excellent background information on Fossey's life and work, while traversing the forest where Fossey did her work.

The golden monkeys are an indigenous species found exclusively in the Virunga Conservation Area. They have been well habituated over the years and there are 2 major troops to visit. The Kabatwa troop is located not far from the Park headquarters and the Musanga troop lives near the Karisimbi and can be reached via a longer walk. This is yet another primate experience with excellent photo opportunities!

Mt. Bisoke rises 3,711 meters above the lush surrounding landscape. The hike goes through the rainforest to the glistening crater lake at it's top, the largest crater lake in the Virunga mountain chain. Superlative views of the adjoining mountains await those who take on this fun, challenging hike!

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Ninzi Hotel
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Chez Lando or Flaming Tree Cottages
  • Luxury Lodging: Hotel des Milles Collines
  • Elite Lodging: Kigali Serena Hotel

Day 4 : Kigali city tour and depart

Visiting: Kigali

Pick up from your Kigali hotel, depending on departure time there will be a Kigali city tour including a visit of the Genocide Memorial at Gizozi. Transfer to the airport for departure.

  • Meals: BL

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